Molly & Brandon's Spring Wedding at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport, Maine

Oh my, what a perfect way to kick off my "busy season" with weddings! Molly & Brandon first reached out to me in March of 2015. well over a year in advance, with fingers crossed that I was still available. Lucky for them, and me, I was!

Fast forward through several months of phone calls, emails, and coffee dates... and we arrive at last weekend. The forecast was picture perfect leading up to the day of and Mother Nature did not disappoint. From the light and fluffy clouds, warmth of the sun on our skin, a slight breeze in the air, flowers in bloom, new leaves on the trees... when you think of springtime in Maine, you think of that day. It was perfect.

Molly & Brandon chose the Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown as the setting for their day. It is unique in the hotel wedding scene in that they offer the picturesque park right next to their property as well as the Old Town Hall for your ceremony, accommodations on site (obviously), and their ballroom for your reception. Having everything for their day in one location certainly made for a very smooth timeline. Of course, Molly's attention to detail and their desire to have plenty of time to get ready meant that everything went off without a hitch and was timed.

When I think about their day, there are aspects that stand out to me the most. The most notable in my mind was watching Brandon & Molly interact with their parents. Their extremely strong family ties were very evident. From the way Brandon's parents looked at him as he was getting ready to how he embraced his mom during their formal portraits; from Molly being surrounded by her family as she ready for the ceremony to how she was embraced by her father during their formal dance together. It was so clear to me that family, and their faith, was of utmost importance to them and their relationship as they took this momentous step together.

Capturing the start to this chapter of their lives together was more of a honor than I could ever put into words. I know that their wedding day was just the next chapter in their incredible love story, which has so much more in store for these love birds.

While they are off enjoying their honeymoon, here is a sneak peek of what is in store for the new Mr. & Mrs. once they return. I hope that you love them as much as I do!

Danielle & Joe :: Wedding & Reception at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine

When Danielle & Joe first contacted me about their wedding in June of 2011, they hadn't set a date yet. August 4th or 11th of 2012 was all that they knew. I immediately told them that I was partial to the 4th since it was my own wedding anniversary. Less than a month later, we met over a couple frosty drinks from Dunkin' Donuts (it was summer in Maine and during a wicked heat wave) and chatted about how they envisioned their day and how I could help to capture it. The date was set as August 4th. The Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine was the location. The ceremony would be in the garden and they would be surrounded by all of their family and friends from across the globe (hello, Alaska family!). Fast forward more than a dozen months later and their visions came to life. It was the perfect day. The temperatures were warm, but not sweltering (unlike my own wedding day when we all melted!) especially with a gentle breeze blowing through the ceremony. Swing Shift had the dance floor hoping all night. The food (& flowers) from the Harraseeket Inn were incredibly! I heard the lobster shots during the cocktail hour were a huge favorite and everyone was gushing about all of the amazing plates during the plated dinner service. From start to finish, I dare say that my anniversary twins could have asked for a better day.

Congratulations, Danielle & Joe! I hope that you had an incredible trip to Napa. I can't wait to hear all about it! Thank you so much for letting me play a role in your day. Good luck starting off the new school year, my fellow educators!

Be on the lookout for all of the photos to be ready shortly. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek from their wedding day. To see more, be sure to head over to my Facebook page and hit the “Like” button!

Date: August 4, 2012  |  Ceremony & Reception: Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine  |  Bakery: The European Bakery in Falmouth, Maine  |  Band: Swing Shift  |  Florist:  Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine  |  Hair Stylist: Jamie Gagnon  |  Make-up Artist: Ginger from I Do Spas  |  Bridal Boutique: Castle Couture in Marlboro, New Jersey


Jennifer & Jared :: Engagement Session at Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport, Maine

Jennifer and Jared are set to tie the knot in 2012. While the planning is well under way, we got together at Wolfe's Neck Farm for an engagement session with their pup. These two teachers are a hilarious bunch and their ball-loving pooch has enough energy to run them ragged. I had such a blast with them that I can't imagine how awesome their wedding day will be. Congratulations, Jennifer and Jared!